1998 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

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1998 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
SiteGeorgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
ChampionsKentucky (22nd title)
Winning coachTubby Smith (1st title)
MVPWayne Turner (Kentucky)
TelevisionJefferson Pilot Sports (First and Second Rounds, and semifinals)
CBS (Championship Game)
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The 1998 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 5 to March 8, 1998, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia Dome. Kentucky won the tournament and received the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by beating the South Carolina Gamecocks on March 8, 1998.

Television coverage[edit]

Tournament coverage in the first and second rounds, and the semi-finals were provided by Jefferson Pilot Sports, who at the time was in its 11th season with regional syndication rights to the SEC. The championship game, however, was broadcast by CBS Sports.



  First round Second Round Semifinals Championship Game
W4 Mississippi State 76  
E5 Georgia 79  
  W1 Mississippi 72  
    E5 Georgia 67  
  W1 Mississippi 77  
  E2 South Carolina 87  
  E2 South Carolina 71
    E6 Florida 60  
W3 Auburn 64
E6 Florida 68  
  E2 South Carolina 56
  E1 Kentucky 86
E4 Vanderbilt 62  
W5 Alabama 72  
  E1 Kentucky 82
    W5 Alabama 71  
  E1 Kentucky 99
  W2 Arkansas 74  
  W2 Arkansas 102
    E3 Tennessee 96  
E3 Tennessee[3] 73
W6 LSU 62  

Tournament notes[edit]

  • This was Tubby Smith’s first SEC tournament title win as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats.